Shawn Burr, the former Detroit Red Wings veteran, has passed away at the age of 47.
He died in his Michigan home on Monday evening, having had a fall earlier in the day, which is believed to have caused a brain trauma.
The retired NHL star was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. The disease went into remission for a few months, before then returning again.
Last year he worked with the Michigan Dental Society, and the Leukaemia and the Lymphoma Society in an attempt to raise awareness about donating bone marrow. The campaign was known as the "Take a Bite out of Cancer" programme.
Former team Chris Osgood had nothing but praise for Burr, who he played with for the Red Wings.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Osgood revealed: "He was a funny guy, a non-stop talker, always had a trick to play. My first game as a rookie, he put my name upside down on my jersey.
"He was the guy in the '90s who kept everybody else relaxed. He did the dirty work for the team on the ice, and then kept the guys relaxed in the dressing room."
Burr was picked by Detroit in the 1984 NHL draft, and went on to spend a decade in the motor city, before later playing for the San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
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